I actually forgot how cringe-worthy some of Kings's dialogue in the novel was - until I saw the miniseries. Kubrick turned Jack Nicholson's dialogue into snippets from popular culture. Honey I'm home, Then I'll huff and I'll puff, Heeeeeere's Johnny! San Francisco here I come, exit.
As Jack becomes more insane, the less able he is to speak like a human and sounds more like a television repeating popular phrases from famous sources like children's cartoons, The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, and folk songs.
I wonder if Nicholson could have made those goofy King remarks work. I doubt it. Webber sure couldn't. But Webber couldn't even begin to look as psychotic as Nicholson, so King failed with his choice of actors. Looking normal is less important than really being capable of acting like you are nuts. One of Nicholson's best scenes in the film is my avatar image - right after he kills Dick...
So, I was watching this the other day(Per my usual weekly viewing lol) and I noticed 2 things, one related to this. The entire film plays out as it's a Novel within a film that Jack is writing. However, it's plagiarism. Telling stories from the past, but sloppily. Hence the inconsistencies throughout. BUT, what really caught my eye was how the "Reality" scenes (Outside the Overlook) are just BADLY WRITTEN... On purpose! Hallorans entire trip to the Overlook is full of what a Bad Writer would pull off. It's just lazy. And the crushed Red Bug takes on even more significance in this viewpoint. It's crazy stuff. I'll get back with some more of what I noticed but it definitely seems like Kubrick was taking a shot at King and Modern Literary Horror